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Manny Ramirez is a Dominican-American baseball player who helped the Red Sox win the World Series after an 86-year losing streak.
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Ramirez played for the Dodgers from 2008 to 2010 and then had brief stints with the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. In 2011, he retired from baseball after playing only five games for the Rays. His retirement came as news broke about Ramirez failing a drug test, reportedly testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Ramirez had already served a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy in 2009.
Later in 2011,
Ramirez worked out an agreement with Major League Baseball officials to return to the game. He only had to serve another 50-game suspension, not a 100-game suspension, which the usual penalty for a second drug offense. In 2012, Ramirez signed a deal with the Oakland Athletics, but his time with the team was short-lived.
Ramirez played with an Athletics-associated AAA team and not back in the majors, and he then requested to be released from his contract. "The A’s treated me amazingly during all this time, but sadly didn’t have space for me and this is something I can’t control. I’m going home to continue my training hoping to get the chance to play again," Ramirez said, according to Yardbarker.com.
Ramirez and his wife, Juliana, live in Weston, Florida. He has three sons, including one from a previous relationship.
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